CogniToys Dino
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CogniToys Dino

Dinosaurs may have gone extinct millions of years ago, but they will always live on in the hearts of kids. This little Wi-Fi connected dino toy claims it is designed to listen to your kids questions, adapt to their age with its responses, and grow with your child over time. One of the best things about this little dino is once you've connected it to Wi-Fi via the app, the toy no longer requires the phone for playtime. Interactive play without a screen seems brilliant.

Can it spy on me

Camera Device: No | App: No
Microphone Device: Yes | App: No
Location Tracking Device: No | App: Yes

What does it know about me

Product uses encryption
Can't determine
We're still unclear if this device uses encryption. From the company: “Dino uses encryption for all audio traffic and in fact, each one uses unique keys, which are also cycled per session per device.” But a 2017 security audit says it doesn't use encryption.

Reading level for privacy policy

College

Privacy policy reading level scores provided by the Usable Privacy Policy Project
Shares your information with 3rd parties for unexpected reasons
No
Nearly every company collects some kind of information on its users. That’s how the internet works. It’s how they use and care for this information that matters. You should know whether a company shares or sells your personal information to others and for what reasons. For the purpose of this report Mozilla determined that if according to a company’s privacy policy, it appeared to share data with third parties that could then use that information to market or advertise to customers, then we labeled it as “Shares information with third parties for unexpected reasons.” This does not mean your information is definitely used for these purposes. Simply that the policy leaves the possibility open your information could be used in this way.

Can I control it

If a password is required, you must change the default password
Not required
Automatic security updates
Yes
Deletes data it stores on you
Yes
Has parental controls
Yes

Company shows it cares about its customers

Company manages security vulnerabilities
Yes
The company has no bug bounty program, but they do work with penetration testers.
Company makes it easy to contact customer support
Phone Number (844) 341 3872
Live Chat No
Email Yes
Twitter Yes

What could happen if something went wrong

There was a warning from a 2017 security audit that this CogniToys Dino transmitted information without using encryption, leaving your child's information vulnerable. When we reached out to the company in 2018 this is what they said, "Dino uses encryption for all audio traffic and in fact, each one uses unique keys, which are also cycled per session per device."

Updates

Assessment of the Privacy and Security of Smart Toys Marketed to Children
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We assessed the privacy and security of six different toys and devices marketed to children. We were able to compromise all of these devices and found critical vulnerabilities that could impact the security or safety of a child in five of these devices

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